21 G/A phenom, Arsenal icon: 5 Frankfurt players Rangers must be wary of in the UEL final
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Arsenal icon and 4 more Frankfurt stars for Rangers to be wary of in UEL final

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Rangers will this month compete in the UEFA Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt after a dream run in the competition that came to a climax against RB Leipzig at Ibrox.

The Bears’ 3-1 win against the Bundesliga titans saw Rangers book their ticket to Seville, where an encounter with Eintracht Frankfurt lays for the Scottish giants, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will be feeling confident about their prospects in the Europa League final.

Whilst Frankfurt have eliminated both FC Barcelona and West Ham on their way to the showpiece event in Andalusia, Rangers will be up for the occasion given that the Europa League is now their main focus with the Scottish Premiership title in Celtic’s hands.

Indeed, fans and the players of Rangers will be eager for a historic result in Spain, but who are the Frankfurt players the Gers must be keeping an eye on? Here are five that could cause the Glasgow side some real damage in the Europa League final later this month.

Rafael Borre

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The star of the show against West Ham and a player who won’t be allowed in east London for a while, Rafael Borre was the difference-maker for Frankfurt in their semi-final win against the Irons, and Rangers should be watching their backs.

An excellent finisher who isn’t afraid to get in the faces of opposing defenders, the Colombian international has been key for Frankfurt this season, and Rangers will have to do their best to restrain the 26-year-old attacker in Seville.

Filip Kostic

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In terms of pure output, no Frankfurt player this season comes close to Filip Kostic, with the Serbian international bagging seven goals and 14 assists in all competitions this campaign, and the winger will be desperate to win in Seville against Rangers.

A semi-finalist with Frankfurt in 2018/19 in the Europa League, Kostic has unfinished business in this competition, and against Rangers in the final, the 29-year-old attacker will be keen to put on a show against the Scottish side.

Ansgar Knauff

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Ansgar Knauff might have only joined Frankfurt in January, but the on-loan Borussia Dortmund star has already etched his way into club folklore after scoring a phenomenal goal against Barcelona in their first-leg tie against the La Liga side.

With another goal against West Ham in the semi-finals, Knauff has been huge in Frankfurt’s run to the Europa League final against Rangers, and the 20-year-old winger is set to retain his starting position in Sevilla in what could be a breakout game for the talented German.

Daichi Kamada

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A bona fide icon at Arsenal after scoring the goal that would sack Unai Emery from the north London giants in 2019, Daichi Kamada has maintained his reputation as a Europa League specialist over the years to full effect.

The forward is the highest-scoring Japanese player in the competition’s history, with Kamada this season scoring five goals alone in the Europa League, and for Rangers, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder could be the most dangerous player in Frankfurt’s arsenal for the final.

Jesper Lindstrom

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A player who could miss the Europa League final due to injury, Jesper Lindstrom has been a revelation for Frankfurt this season after joining from Brondby in the summer, with the playmaker thriving in Germany.

Five goals and nine assists in all competitions has put the 22-year-old Danish starlet on the map in the Bundesliga, and Frankfurt will be hopeful that Lindstrom is fit enough to feature against Rangers in the Europa League final, with his playmaking abilities something that could cause the Scottish side some serious damage.

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